What is a Good Microscope for Soil, Compost and Compost Tea Analysis?

Please also note that when buying a microscope, you need to consider the:

  • Adjustable light source – essential!
  • Trinocular head – 2 eyepieces and 1 digital camera attachment
  • Objectives – usually come in sets eg x4, x10, x40, x100 or x10, x20, x40, x100. If possible get X10, X20, X40. There is no need for x100.
  • Moveable stage.
  • Slide clips to position slide.

Buy the best microscope you can afford in the range that is suitable. Prices range from $300 to +$ 1200. Cameras can be $100 – $1000.


NOTE: Dr Mary Cole suggested buying locally may be a good idea as the microscope will need servicing.

For more details on microscopes and supplies please visit: http://agpath.com.au/Products/MicroscopeKits

More about Dr Mary Cole

Dr Mary Cole is a trained mycologist/plant pathologist Mary also consults in crop protection and environmental agriculture whilst also running a quarantine laboratory on her country property. This rare
combination of skills has her on-demand worldwide for her experienced and practical applications.

Read More Information About Dr Mary Cole

Soil Biology & Botrytis ForumAbout this Film “Soil Biology & Botrytis Forum

Over the 2 days, Mary outlines the conventional way we traditionally manage most diseases and the consequences of doing so. It becomes very obvious that the practices are not only costly but, in the end, only cause more problems. We are then presented with the good news of alternative disease management methods which Mary documents thoroughly with first-hand evidence of the benefits of developing healthy soil.

Understanding & Managing BotrytisAbout this Film “Understanding & Managing BotrytisDr Mary Cole talks about Botrytis.
1: Understanding Botrytis – Life Cycle & its relationship to the vine growth cycle
2: Alternative Management of Disease
3: Using Biologicals

Mushrooms; Myths & LegendsAbout this Film “Mushrooms; Myths & Legends

Mushrooms are a favourite topic for Dr Mary Cole and this shows as she mischievously relates her tales from the ages. From a very early age Mary grew up listening to her father as he showed her which mushrooms to collect for their dinner. Mary has continued this early fascination and her curiosity has led to a deep knowledge of the world of mushrooms.

Watch more clips of Dr Mary Cole here

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